Originally Posted by larryace
I don't think open drinking on stage is very professional looking, if you must drink, at least try and make it not obvious.
I have one of those clamp on drink holders on my crash's stand. I usually get a beer and nurse it through the shows. I don't think I've ever been accused of being professional appearing, though, so perhaps it's just assumed I won't be.
We played a string of winery and wine-bar shows... Those people won't let you not drink. It's like insulting them if you don't accept whatever fancy thing they pour for you without your asking.
At any rate, I'm very serious about not getting too drunk for gigs. I think more than anything a few drinks will really throw off someone's sense of music in real time. Even if they can still play well after drinking, it puts them more in their own space and I find they tend to listen a bit less to everyone else and focus on their own stuff.